Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Nichol Scott
Born: 1863
Died: 22 September 1920
Bio Notes: John Nichol Scott was born in 1863 and educated at George Watson's College and Moray House College. He was articled to Archibald Macpherson in 1878 and remained as an assistant until 1883 when he joined Rowand Anderson's office. During that period he attended Edinburgh College of Art. In 1884 he moved to Glasgow as assistant to William Gardner Rowan but returned in the following year as a senior assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc.

He spent four months travelling in France and Italy in 1895 and the following year entered into an informal partnership with James Anderson Williamson (born 1860), an assistant in the office of the City Architect, Robert Morham, for the purpose of entering the North Bridge competition for which Alfred Waterhouse was assessor. They obtained the first premium of 250 beating Gibson & Russell and Lanchester Stewart & Rickards into second and third places; Williamson preferred to stay with Morham in the expectation of succeeding him as City Architect, but Scott commenced independent practice at 44 Queen Street in the expectation that he would be commissioned for at least some of the buildings. In the event none came his way.

In 1898 Scott entered into partnership with a younger assistant of Morham's, Alexander Lorne Campbell, who had similarly been in independent practice for two years at 21 St Andrew Square.

In 1899 the newly formed partnership of J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell (commonly referred to simply as Scott & Campbell) had a major success when Walter Wood Robertson awarded them first place in the competition for Midlothian County Buildings, but as in the North Bridge competition the practice derived little benefit from it, the Convener on the County Sir James Gibson Craig giving the commission to J Macintyre Henry whose design had been placed fourth. In the following year, 1900, the practice had a further success in the competition for St Stephens UF Church, Comely Bank which at last launched the practice into actual building. Both partners were admitted FRIBA on 4 March 1907, their proposers being Blanc, Alexander Hunter Crawford and Harold Ogle Tarbolton. Scott was then living at 22 Brougham Place and Campbell at 7 Inverleith Terrace. The practice moved to 60 Castle Street before 1914.

John Nichol (or Nicol) Scott died aged fifty-six on 22 September 1920 at 22 Broughton Place. He left moveable estate of 2,421 6s 1d. His brother David appears to have been living at the same address at the time of his death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 44A, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1896  
Item 2 of 444, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1897c. 1909 
Item 3 of 422, Broughton Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 19021920 
Item 4 of 460, Castle Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1910  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Archibald Macpherson1878c. 1882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Archibald Macphersonc. 18821883Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Wardrop, Anderson & Browne18831884Assistant 
Item 4 of 6William Gardner Rowan18841885Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Hippolyte Jean Blanc18851896Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 6J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell (or Scott & Campbell)18981920Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Hippolyte Jean Blanc4 March 1907for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Hunter Crawford4 March 1907for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Harold Ogle Tarbolton4 March 1907for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Alexander Murray Hardie24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Claude Cornelius Tom WarnesEarly 1914for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 261896North Bridge  EdinburghScotlandIn informal partnership with James Anderson Williamson - competition design - first premium of 250 awarded (did not gain the commission)
Item 2 of 26After 1896Dunipace HouseLarbert StirlingshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 3 of 26After 1896Hawick Burgh CasketHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 4 of 26After 1896Pilrig Free ChurchPilrig EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 26After 1898Bristo EU Church  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 26After 1898Scottish County and Mercantile Insurance Company Head Office  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 26After 1898Wesleyan Methodist HallsStockbridge EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 8 of 261899Midlothian County Council Buildings  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - awarded first premium but not the commssion
Item 9 of 261900Police BuildingsKirkcaldy FifeScotlandPlaced first in competition but job given to Williamson & Inglis
Item 10 of 261900St Stephen's UF ChurchComely Bank EdinburghScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 11 of 261901Anstruther Easter new public schoolAnstruther Easter FifeScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 12 of 261901Carnegie Free LibraryHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAwarded commission following competition
Item 13 of 261902Baberton Golf ClubhouseJuniper Green EdinburghScotlandExtension, alterations and additions
Item 14 of 261902Four cottagesWest Linton PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 15 of 261903Carnegie Public LibraryMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 16 of 261903Leith PoorhouseLeith EdinburghScotlandPlaced first by the assessor but failed to obtain commission
Item 17 of 261903New North Free Church  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 18 of 261903South African War MemorialHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 19 of 261904Grange HouseLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 20 of 261904McDonald Road UF Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 261905St Andrews UF ChurchBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 261907Birmingham Council House extension and Art Galleries  BirminghamEnglandCompetition design for extension - not successful
Item 23 of 261907Dowell's Auctioneers  EdinburghScotlandNew building, retaining elements of previous structure internally
Item 24 of 261909Kingsknowe Golf Clubhouse  EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 25 of 261909London County Hall  LondonEnglandCompetition design
Item 26 of 261912Three-storey tenements arranged around open space   Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website - Statutory Registers - Deaths  Statutory Deaths 685/01 0196

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2New Register HouseWills and Testaments  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v18 p91 no1219 (microfilm reel 12)